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    My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    Just picked this up, will be used mainly as a commuter, also for wet road rides, gravel, and point to point MTB races.

    Size M/L, 19.2 pounds bone stock without pedals.

    EDIT: Bathroom scale, likely wrong, more like 21 lbs (guessing)

    I switched out the tires to Vittoria Randonneur Cross Pro tires in 32c for commuting.

    Black bar tape and saddle.

    It has tabs for front and rear mudguards and racks, discs etc.

    Like it so far, have about 100 KM on it.
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    Nice Bike. Been thinking about this one for a while. What don't you like about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nods Dad View Post
    Nice Bike. Been thinking about this one for a while. What don't you like about it?
    nothing so far, about 120 KM on it in a week, mostly commuting.
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    I know there is no seatstay bridge, is there a chainstay bridge, and any chance of a picture of the chainstays taken from the underside showing the amount of tyre clearance, thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjiCX View Post
    I know there is no seatstay bridge, is there a chainstay bridge, and any chance of a picture of the chainstays taken from the underside showing the amount of tyre clearance, thank you.
    I'll try to get some more pics
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    I know the BB is actually pretty high (low BB drop), but its got a long front center - how does it handle in fast downhills - does it feel less "planted" than road bikes and such with lower bottom brackets, or does the longer front-center compensate?

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    Hi,
    Swerny,how tall are you?
    Been looking at one of these but deciding between sizes?
    I am 6'2" and 34" inside leg.
    Thinking large but just wanna make sure,
    Thanx,
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    Congrats, the bike looks amazing. I can't wait for mine that is coming this week. Stoked!
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    This bike does it all!

    I've got on too and it has been an excellent ride so far. I've used it for some road rides with some 25/28 tires on it, commute with rack and fenders, and have ridden off-road/gravel/paths, etc. So far, this bike has been really responsive and fun to ride. I think I've got about 700km on mine.

    I switched the bar tape and saddle as well to black, as white would get way too dirty. I also put in a 34/46 CX70 crankset. I'm riding a S.

    There is no chain stay bridge, nor a seat stay bridge. I'm using the Axiom disc streamliner rack and the SKS Velo 47 Trekking fenders with the optional stays. This stabilises the front, using the eyelets and on the rear, I managed to rig a clamp on the rack which gives a point of attachment that you would normally have on the seat stay bridge. The only disadvantage of this setup is that the fender only comes down halfway along the seat tube.My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-giant-tcx-slr-2-2.jpgMy new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-giant-tcx-slr-2-5.jpgMy new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-giant-tcx-slr-2-3.jpgMy new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-giant-tcx-slr-2-4.jpgMy new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-giant-tcx-slr-2-1.jpg
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    Mike,

    How do you like the Vittoria tires? I was looking at those too, but the one thing that I kept seeing was that they wear pretty fast. How have they been holding up for you?

    I've been using a set of Specialized Roubaix 25/28s off of my last bike (destroyed when a car hit me) and they've been pretty good on the road, but once I get off of gravel or paved paths, I like to have the cyclocross tires on there. The stock Schwalbes have been pretty good off road (I took the bike through Crothers Woods the other day) but are a little slow on the commute.

    I've got a set of Conti Top CONTACT Winter II's that I'm going to use once the snow starts flying (I'm in Toronto as well, so who knows what we'll get this year), but would appreciate your feedback on the Vittorias, as I was looking for a narrower CX tire for commuting (using paths, roads, trails).

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    I've got on too and it has been an excellent ride so far. I've used it for some road rides with some 25/28 tires on it, commute with rack and fenders, and have ridden off-road/gravel/paths, etc. So far, this bike has been really responsive and fun to ride. I think I've got about 700km on mine.

    I switched the bar tape and saddle as well to black, as white would get way too dirty. I also put in a 34/46 CX70 crankset. I'm riding a S.

    There is no chain stay bridge, nor a seat stay bridge. I'm using the Axiom disc streamliner rack and the SKS Velo 47 Trekking fenders with the optional stays. This stabilises the front, using the eyelets and on the rear, I managed to rig a clamp on the rack which gives a point of attachment that you would normally have on the seat stay bridge. The only disadvantage of this setup is that the fender only comes down halfway along the seat tube.
    Did you also swap the brakeset? I see TRP on the calipers but I thought it came with the new Shimano cx version?

    I'm really close to pulling the trigger on a M/L tcx 2, yours looks awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marinwolfrider View Post
    Did you also swap the brakeset? I see TRP on the calipers but I thought it came with the new Shimano cx version?

    I'm really close to pulling the trigger on a M/L tcx 2, yours looks awesome!
    The TRP Spyre brake set came stock on the bike and is excellent! I believe it was originally spec'd with the Shimano 515 set, but there was a recall. I've seen the Spyre now on Canadian and German versions of the bike. This bike is an amazing deal here in Canada an lists $100 less than in the US!

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    I have also been looking very closely at this bike. I just recently sold my HT 29er because I just don't have the time to load up, drive, ride repeat. Anyone else using this as their 1 do all bike? Any concerns with this Giant?

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    Chris,

    I've been using it now for about a month and it's been great for pretty well everything. I commute with it during the week with rack, fenders and two panniers, riding both roads, bike paths and some trails. On weekends I've taken it out on mountain bike single track, gravel and paths, as well as throwing on some 25/28 tires and going out on 100k road rides. The bike is really comfortable, stable, stiff and surprisingly light.

    The only issue I would say that I've had is when I change the wheels, I have to adjust the disc brake callipers a little bit, but it doesn't take me long to do it now.

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    Thanks much good to hear, this is on the short list for sure. Question does the SLR 2 have a thru axel up front or is that just the SLR 1? Thanks for all your help.

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    It's a regular 9mm (I think) standard quick release. It's not the 15mm through axle which is on the next model up. I looked at that model, but it was a little too much for a commuter/multi-use bike, it would limit my ability to use existing wheel sets, and I didn't want to use the first generation of the hydraulics. In addition to the 15mm through axle, the fork is larger at the top and uses the Giant overdrive 2 headset, which has limited stem choices if you want to upgrade anything in the future.

    That being said, I'm really happy with the bike, and I guess I could always upgrade the fork, but would need to upgrade stem, and wheels as well, which could start to get expensive...

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    Hi Toronto,

    May I know how to install the rear rack for this bike??
    Is there any self-made/modification on the seat clamp mount, so that the rear rack can be installed?? Coz I would like to use this bike for mid touring.

    Thanks!

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    The bike comes with a little adapter and bolts which mount on the back by the seat post. It has a d-shaped seat post (non-standard) which is held in place by a clamp which sits flush with the seat tube, using 2 bolts. The rack adapter fits on the back of this clamp with a couple or 'extenders' and uses longer bolts. It's a pretty clean and solid solution I've found and I normally just leave it in place, even when I remove the rack and fenders.

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    Is it able to take a photo on that "extenders", or another angle of that part of seat clamp?

    By the way, how tall are you??
    I'm 165cm tall (about 5'5") and 73.5cm inseam. I'm thinking to get XS size or S size.
    As I usually ride the bike in 51.5- 52cm top tube (mostly XS size) with 90mm stem,
    but this bike is using shorter stem (70mm in XS and 80mm in S), so maybe S size also fit.

    Do you think the frame is slightly larger than the normal TCR road bike? or in opposite?

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    I'm 5'7" and riding the S. I ride the TCR Advanced 0 in a M. The TCX SLR frame doesn't have the same top tube slope as the TCR.

    Here's the adapters:My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-tcx-slr-rack-adapter.jpg

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    Tektro Spyre Brake recall

    Also note that there has been a recall on the Spyre brakes on the bike. I'm taking mine in to the shop today and they'll replace with the new parts when they have them.
    TRP Recalls Spyre and Spyre SLC Disc Brake Dual Piston Calipers | Cyclocross Magazine ? Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes, Photos, Videos

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAX LLOYD View Post
    Hi,
    Swerny,how tall are you?
    Been looking at one of these but deciding between sizes?
    I am 6'2" and 34" inside leg.
    Thinking large but just wanna make sure,
    Thanx,
    Max
    I'm 6'0 with a 32 inch inseam riding a M/L.

    I think L would be right for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    Mike,

    How do you like the Vittoria tires? I was looking at those too, but the one thing that I kept seeing was that they wear pretty fast. How have they been holding up for you?

    Thanks,

    Harris
    This is the second set of these tires I have run, I had a set on my prior bike (Kona Major One).

    Treadwear isn't the greatest but they are lightweight and I have never had a single flat with them, commuting or on gravel.

    I buy them on sale from Bike Nashbar.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    The TRP Spyre brake set came stock on the bike and is excellent! I believe it was originally spec'd with the Shimano 515 set, but there was a recall. I've seen the Spyre now on Canadian and German versions of the bike. This bike is an amazing deal here in Canada an lists $100 less than in the US!
    Interesting, my LBS replaced the recalled Shimano calipers with upgraded units.


    I haven't been on the bike much as of late, but I am very happy with the purchase.

    You have to go to the SLR1 to get the front 15 MM axle
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    So there is no adaptor in the fork converting it to QR that you can take away and use with 15mm axle. I think I notice it before but maybe I'm wrong. Are you able to check it?

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    I finally got my TCX SLR2.
    That is really a nice bike, especially for riding in different kind of roads.

    As my area got lots of hills to climb, I found 36TX28T is not enough for me to do so (especially after a 80KM long riding).
    I knew 105 could only support max 28T, but I also heard lots of ppl successfully change it to 32T, they said it depends on the lenght of rear hanger.
    So is anyone here tried to replace the cassette to 11-32T successfully??

    I also plan to change the crankset to 50/34 later on. And I hope the 34X32T is enough on the long climbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andeschau View Post
    I finally got my TCX SLR2.
    That is really a nice bike, especially for riding in different kind of roads.

    As my area got lots of hills to climb, I found 36TX28T is not enough for me to do so (especially after a 80KM long riding).
    I knew 105 could only support max 28T, but I also heard lots of ppl successfully change it to 32T, they said it depends on the lenght of rear hanger.
    So is anyone here tried to replace the cassette to 11-32T successfully??

    I also plan to change the crankset to 50/34 later on. And I hope the 34X32T is enough on the long climbing.
    andeschau - have you gotten any further with your gearing ideas? I've got a few 25% climbs near me and so it could be handy to at least change something.
    Doubt you could change to 50/34 AND 11-32? that adds a huge number of teeth and surely well out the range of the 105 rear mech?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anoobis View Post
    andeschau - have you gotten any further with your gearing ideas? I've got a few 25% climbs near me and so it could be handy to at least change something.
    Doubt you could change to 50/34 AND 11-32? that adds a huge number of teeth and surely well out the range of the 105 rear mech?
    I found out the Cassette is actually using 12-30, instead of 11-28.
    so I guest I won't change it at this moment.
    Just try to ride more, and build up more muscle first.

    But by turning the b-Screw of rear mech, I think 105 SS could mount the max 32T. (Although 105 ss said only for MAX 28T, but hey, the original setting is already 30T!)

    However if I change the crankset to 50/34 with 11-32T, I believe I would need to buy a new chain to do so. So maybe later, I could buy a Ultegra crankset with BB86, new chain, and XT 11-32 Cassette to change it at the same time.

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    Me like it so bad

    ride safe, they look awesome.

    would really appreciate some single trek review

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    Quote Originally Posted by andeschau View Post
    I found out the Cassette is actually using 12-30, instead of 11-28.
    so I guest I won't change it at this moment.
    Just try to ride more, and build up more muscle first.

    But by turning the b-Screw of rear mech, I think 105 SS could mount the max 32T. (Although 105 ss said only for MAX 28T, but hey, the original setting is already 30T!)

    However if I change the crankset to 50/34 with 11-32T, I believe I would need to buy a new chain to do so. So maybe later, I could buy a Ultegra crankset with BB86, new chain, and XT 11-32 Cassette to change it at the same time.
    I'm running the Ultegra CX70 crankset with a 46/34, the 105 SS RD and an Ultegra 12-30. I also put on the Ultegra chain and all is running quite well. I've found that this gets me up pretty well everything, although I do see that the 11-speed new Ultegra RD is offered in a GS and will run a 34 I believe. I think this bike would also be great with the Ultegra di2 system on it...

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    Just picked up a SM for my wife - fitting was yesterday and swapped out a few components to make it more female friendly (stock saddle was an a$$ hatchet and swapped out the bars)

    I'm super jealous - my Felt F75x is showing its age after 3 seasons of busy racing.

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    hey Toronto Commuter,

    How did yo get on with switching out the Bottom Bracket of the 2014 TCX SLR 2?
    Pretty sure it is a FSA Press Fit BB, although the spec says Mega Exo - which i believe is the bearings that are integrated into the Omega crank. Not sure.

    If anyone is doubting this bike. Don't.
    So much bang for the buck, great spec for a great price.
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    My wife's - so far she loves it


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    Quote Originally Posted by simonj View Post
    My wife's - so far she loves it

    So has everyone switched out the bar tape then?

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    She switched saddles, so naturally I had to use black bar tape to match.

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    I think the white tape (and saddle) on a bike that's meant to be ridden in the mud was kind of silly to begin with. I thought about switching it to red, but it was a bit of a pain to find a red saddle that I liked.

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    Also black bar tape, the white didn't even make it out of the LBS.

    First real bike, quite happy with it. Logged about 200km on it so far.

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    Looks like someone is actually using their bike for riding, commuting and function over form. I like it! Those fenders are talking to me: buy this bike, put these on and make rainy riding a bit more bearable. Great bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by westin View Post
    Looks like someone is actually using their bike for riding, commuting and function over form. I like it! Those fenders are talking to me: buy this bike, put these on and make rainy riding a bit more bearable. Great bike!
    Good point, we tend to forget sometimes that bikes are transportation first. Someone else in another post mentioned how many (maybe most) bikers add miles to their cars driving them to some place to ride, rather than riding replacing driving. I'm trying to do both less driving and more riding and frankly, fenders and two sets of tires for the Fargo is helping a lot. I do miss my CX bike and sometimes wish I'd gotten a Warbird instead of the Fargo, but then conditions change and 2.2s make more sense than a dedicated gravel bike.
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    So to all of you that have had these for a while any issues or concerns about the build or spec?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris K View Post
    So to all of you that have had these for a while any issues or concerns about the build or spec?
    Other than the brake recall (not an issue for you) none in 1000+ miles

    I have heard mention of the Hubs being a bit sub par, but frankly for a cycle-to-work budget bike you are not going to get great wheels.

    For a mostly 105 drive chain (fsa crank) it is great quality for a great value price.

    There are many great bikes, this is definitely one of them in this price bracket.

    All issues (other than recall) have been adjusting the fit as I am too tight to pay for a proper bike fit.

    Looking forward to putting on thinner/ non-knobbly tyres and a 50T as I seem the be spending most of my time on Tarmac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris K View Post
    So to all of you that have had these for a while any issues or concerns about the build or spec?
    Depends on the usage of this bike. I don't use it for CX, but for short tour and commuting. So I have some minor issues/concerns after my 1200KM riding:

    1. The original wheelset is heavy!! However, the 135mm spacing for the Rear wheel is 2 sides blade indeed. If using for sporting or short tour, you cannot choose to use the lighter RB wheelset, so it just fit the relatively heavy 29er wheelset (mostly are 28-32 spokes), but not the 700c one (20-24 spokes).

    2. FSA stock crankset is heavy... and the small chain-ring is not small enough. I prefer the 50/34T compact RB crankset if using for short tour. Using this bike to climb long hill is quite a problem for me, even using 36TX30T.

    3. Another issue is the long chainstay, it is also the 2 sides blade. Yes, it provides a longer wheelbase for stable and comfortable rides; but it also affects the acceleration and climbing ability too.

    Point 1&2 could be easily solved by $$! And other than that, this is a perfect bike for touring and commuting!

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    What does 2 sides blade mean?

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    Thanks so much for everyone's input. I won't be racing or anything, just mixed surface riding, mostly gravel etc. I find with life these days loading my 29er, driving to the trail etc is becoming more and more time consuming. Gonna unload that and move into something more suitable to jumping on going riding whatever is front of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post


    Also black bar tape, the white didn't even make it out of the LBS.

    First real bike, quite happy with it. Logged about 200km on it so far.
    Loving this look. I've just bought one of these and I'm struggling to find some mudguards (Fenders??) to fit and how to keep them on. Can you explain or provide some close up pics of what you've done. And which model 'guards have you fitted.
    Cheers.

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    I'll post some details but they are planet bike Cascadia fenders from MEC

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post
    I'll post some details but they are planet bike Cascadia fenders from MEC

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    Thanks, appreciate it. I've contacted Giant UK and they've said there's no proprietary guards to get it and despite being made with rack mounts and fittings for a front guard you can't fit a rear one! Beautiful!!
    Clearly you have proved them wrong and so will I:-)

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    Good job! Thanks for the inspiration !

    Here's mine, stock build + tubeless conversion

    btw,
    both rims and tires are tubeless ready,
    worked great after applying stan's rim tape and some sealant
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    i dont mean to come over obsessed about weight, but seeing as i had my tires and tubes off i thought i would get some rough weights for the wheelset using some cheap electronic kitchen scales (it took a bit of balancing to get the wheel weights, but reasonable ball park figures).

    Original Skewer - 55g
    Original Tube - 123g
    Schwalbe 35mm - 412g
    Front Wheel w/Rim Tape & Rotor - 1.15kg
    Rear Wheel w/Rim Tape & Rotor / Dork Disk & Cassette (30T-12T) 1.73kg

    From recollection the Rotors are a touch over 100g and allowing 400g for the cassette and Dork Disk the bare wheel set (without rotor, disk and cassette) ballpark weight would be would be:
    1.15kg + 1.73kg = 2.88 kg
    - 2 x 100 (rotors) & 400 (cassette and disk) = - 600g

    = 2.28 kg
    (*Ballpark*)
    ---- front wheel ~ 1050g ---- rear wheel ~ 1230g

    Dont feel you must rush out to buy a lighter wheelset,
    It is not to difficult to cut 200g+ off each wheel by putting on lighter tyres and tubes, which is almost 0.5kg off the weight of the bike and it is taken off the best place (rotating mass furthest from the center).

    Loving this bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNewOriginal View Post
    Here's mine, stock build + tubeless conversion
    great. any issues with the process?

    whart psi are you inflating the super swans to?

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    Weighed my stock wheels today, stripped. Just with rim tape.. - FRONT - 1055g - REAR - 1265g
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris K View Post
    So to all of you that have had these for a while any issues or concerns about the build or spec?
    I picked up my TCX SLR 2 about 6 weeks ago and so far after 1000km's it's been pretty solid. Just a few points:

    -Seat post is carbon fibre and self-aligning so make sure you use a torque wrench to adjust the seat height.

    -The specs on the website show that the brakes are suppose to be Shimano BR-R515 mechanical disc but mine came with Avid BB7 Road instead. Earlier versions of the SLR 2 came with TRP Spyre brakes that were recalled. So check the specs at your LBS before buying.

    -Bike fit was tricky. I'm 178cm (5'10" roughly) with a 32 inseam and I ride a medium frame (52.5cm). This size is good for off-roading but for commuting I had to increase the stem length to 110mm.

    Other than that, the specs are pretty good for the price! Shimano 105 drive train is pretty smooth!






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    Quote Originally Posted by Flewbags View Post
    Thanks, appreciate it. I've contacted Giant UK and they've said there's no proprietary guards to get it and despite being made with rack mounts and fittings for a front guard you can't fit a rear one! Beautiful!!
    Clearly you have proved them wrong and so will I:-)
    Took a month but:

    https://plus.google.com/101586313862...ts/QiXEjE2Sz2p


    Just rolled over 550km, really happy with the bike.

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    what is driving me a little crazy is how much setback the D Fuse seatpost has ....

    when i measure it - i get different results!

    a second & third opinion would be great.

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    The one off 19mm spindle press fit BB sucks, every single tool out there is for a 24mm spindle.

    I don't know how to take it off without destroying the bb.

    I want to install my new BB91 BB and Ultegra 6750 crank, so I can mount a stages power meter.

    I rolled over 1050km, the front has started to creak (sounds like a click) some when I am standing and putting load onto the handlebars, torqued the stem bolts not long ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post
    The one off 19mm spindle press fit BB sucks, every single tool out there is for a 24mm spindle.

    I don't know how to take it off without destroying the bb.

    I want to install my new BB91 BB and Ultegra 6750 crank, so I can mount a stages power meter.

    I rolled over 1050km, the front has started to creak (sounds like a click) some when I am standing and putting load onto the handlebars, torqued the stem bolts not long ago.
    did know that about the tool. I imagine a LBS will be able to get it out - likely with a hammer though.

    i had a creak that i was convinced was the BB, and internet story about FSA BBs helped that along. I check the bolt of the pedals and chainrings and still - every now and again this infuriating creak started.

    eventually i thought of spraying GT45 into the springs of the SPD pedals.

    worked a charm. need to do it every few weeks. but it was def the issue.

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    My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    Also. That D-post and clamp can creak too. It sounds like it comes from the BB because it seems to occur with pedal strokes. Take out the post and grease it, along with the clamping wedges. Seemed to make more noise when OUT of the saddle torquing the frame.

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    Re: My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    Quote Originally Posted by trauma-md View Post
    Also. That D-post and clamp can creak too. It sounds like it comes from the BB because it seems to occur with pedal strokes. Take out the post and grease it, along with the clamping wedges. Seemed to make more noise when OUT of the saddle torquing the frame.
    interesting. Will try this.

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    So my LBS has one of these in stock at a killer price right now. Size M/L. I'm 5'10, 31 inseam, and would really basically use this as a road bike for my clyde body.

    Thoughts on appropriateness of bike/size?

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    I'd have thought that would be a bit big for you. I'm 6'1 with 34'' inside leg and have a M/L. It's just big enough for me. I probably sit somewhere between the M/L and the L.
    If the LBS has one in why not go and try it. It's a nice bike.

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    I am 5'10 and 32" inseam and the ML was too large for me.

    What's a killer price? I paid 1350 for mine.

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    Mine was £999 on 3 years interest free finance from All Terrain Cycles in Yorkshire. They're not listing them anymore but they're still no at £995 with Formby Cycles near Southport on interest free over 2 yrs.

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    $1040. Giant sent LBS the wrong bike, but didn't want to take it back so they extended floorplan allowance and he just wants it gone.

    I just rode it. It seems like the big difference between the M and the M/L is top tube length/reach, at least on paper. I flipped the stem and that helped. I think it was OK, but I'm compromised by having ridden nothing but mountain bikes in the last 20 years. Anything with a more road/cross-ish setup feels foreign to me.

    My use of this bike will really be as a go hop on it and pedal my 275 pounds on pavement for a few hours/30-ish miles for exercise. I'll probably put some slick 28 tires on it.

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    Re: My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    Quote Originally Posted by millargeo View Post
    $1040. Giant sent LBS the wrong bike, but didn't want to take it back so they extended floorplan allowance and he just wants it gone.

    I just rode it. It seems like the big difference between the M and the M/L is top tube length/reach, at least on paper. I flipped the stem and that helped. I think it was OK, but I'm compromised by having ridden nothing but mountain bikes in the last 20 years. Anything with a more road/cross-ish setup feels foreign to me.

    My use of this bike will really be as a go hop on it and pedal my 275 pounds on pavement for a few hours/30-ish miles for exercise. I'll probably put some slick 28 tires on it.

    That's a great price. Maybe a shorter stem will help, I felt too stretched over the bike reaching for the bars.

    I run 700x28 marathon plus for commuting on mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millargeo View Post
    $1040. Giant sent LBS the wrong bike, but didn't want to take it back so they extended floorplan allowance and he just wants it gone.
    That's a really good price!

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    interesting. Will try this.
    This totally worked thank you!

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    Looks like the 2015 model is up on Giant's website.

    11spd 105 and they have seen what everyone did and dropped the stupid white.

    It also says it has a 15mm thru-axle (on the SLR2) but it doesn't look like it to me?

    TCX SLR 2 (2015) | Giant Bicycles | United States

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post
    This totally worked thank you!

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    I've got over 3000km on mine now, and have ridden it as a commuter all winter with studded tires, raced it at Steaming Nostril and Paris-Ancaster, and used it as a fall/spring road bike with fenders and 25/28 road slicks. This bike has been awesome and pretty well does it all. I just got my first flat as well, but it was a sidewall tear on a new set of Clement LAS that got caught in a rut. I can't recommend this bike enough. I've had no issues with the hubs, and the wheel set has been pretty decent. Eventually, I'd like to put on a set of Stan's new Grail wheels.

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    The seat post is carbon I believe, so you might want to use carbon compound and not grease.

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    I had a bit of a squeak coming from the headset area, and thought it sounded like cables rubbing. A mechanic at my LBS told me that it might be something to do with the bottom bearings of the headset in the Giants. A little bit of TriFlow dribbled in there has solved it.

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    Awesome on singletrack. I've been riding a lot through the Don Valley trails and there's only been a few places where I had to actually get off the bike, due to the steepness of the trail, mostly on the descent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flewbags View Post
    Loving this look. I've just bought one of these and I'm struggling to find some mudguards (Fenders??) to fit and how to keep them on. Can you explain or provide some close up pics of what you've done. And which model 'guards have you fitted.
    Cheers.
    I'm using the SKS Velo 47 Trekking mudguards with the standard U-stays (VELO 47 TREKKING - mudguards - de - SKS Germany). They fit perfectly and are really clean install, without having to use any zip ties, etc. Make sure you get a rack accessory kit with the large spacer washers for a good fit though. I posted some pictures previously in the thread.

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    Re: My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    I had a bit of a squeak coming from the headset area, and thought it sounded like cables rubbing. A mechanic at my LBS told me that it might be something to do with the bottom bearings of the headset in the Giants. A little bit of TriFlow dribbled in there has solved it.
    I had nasty squeaks coming from there and I sprayed it down with lube and all is well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    I'm 5'7" and riding the S. I ride the TCR Advanced 0 in a M. The TCX SLR frame doesn't have the same top tube slope as the TCR.

    Here's the adapters:Click image for larger version. 

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    I can't for the life of me figure out what you did here. I just bought this bike (my first serious ride too), and I want a rack. My LBS has suggested i use bags, but I know it's kind of lame, but I really like the look you got going on here. Would you mind elaborating a bit more on what the "cylindrical adapters" and "rack adapters" are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnify View Post
    I can't for the life of me figure out what you did here. I just bought this bike (my first serious ride too), and I want a rack. My LBS has suggested i use bags, but I know it's kind of lame, but I really like the look you got going on here. Would you mind elaborating a bit more on what the "cylindrical adapters" and "rack adapters" are?
    The rear rack attachment should have come with the bike, you bolt it on through the seat post clamp. It's 2 cylinder spacers and a block adapter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post
    The rear rack attachment should have come with the bike, you bolt it on through the seat post clamp. It's 2 cylinder spacers and a block adapter.
    I bought my bike as a display/trial model for $1100. It came with nothing that wasn't already attached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    I've got on too and it has been an excellent ride so far. I've used it for some road rides with some 25/28 tires on it, commute with rack and fenders, and have ridden off-road/gravel/paths, etc. So far, this bike has been really responsive and fun to ride. I think I've got about 700km on mine.

    I switched the bar tape and saddle as well to black, as white would get way too dirty. I also put in a 34/46 CX70 crankset. I'm riding a S.

    There is no chain stay bridge, nor a seat stay bridge. I'm using the Axiom disc streamliner rack and the SKS Velo 47 Trekking fenders with the optional stays. This stabilises the front, using the eyelets and on the rear, I managed to rig a clamp on the rack which gives a point of attachment that you would normally have on the seat stay bridge. The only disadvantage of this setup is that the fender only comes down halfway along the seat tube.Click image for larger version. 

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    Are you having issues with that fender being so high on the seat tube? I'm in the NW, there will be a LOT of rain to deal with and I'm wondering if I follow your build, if that big gap would be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnify View Post
    I bought my bike as a display/trial model for $1100. It came with nothing that wasn't already attached.
    You might be able to have your LBS order it for you from Giant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnify View Post
    Are you having issues with that fender being so high on the seat tube? I'm in the NW, there will be a LOT of rain to deal with and I'm wondering if I follow your build, if that big gap would be an issue.
    We had a really rainy spring and a pretty brutal winter this year and I didn't find the gap an issue. In the wet I ride with the Shimano cycling boots, so my feet are pretty dry and I didn't get much splash on the lower legs from the gap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anoobis View Post
    andeschau - have you gotten any further with your gearing ideas? I've got a few 25% climbs near me and so it could be handy to at least change something.
    Doubt you could change to 50/34 AND 11-32? that adds a huge number of teeth and surely well out the range of the 105 rear mech?
    There's nothing to stop you dropping to a 34 chainring as that would not add any extra teeth so the mech would handle it fine.
    You can also get a Shia Tiagra 10 speed cassette 12-30 which I am running. See this from Ribble Cycles - You should get with a 34x30 on a 105 no problem

    Shimano 10 Speed Tiagra 4600 Cassette, Cassettes, CASSETTES.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flewbags View Post
    There's nothing to stop you dropping to a 34 chainring as that would not add any extra teeth so the mech would handle it fine.
    You can also get a Shia Tiagra 10 speed cassette 12-30 which I am running. See this from Ribble Cycles - You should get with a 34x30 on a 105 no problem

    Shimano 10 Speed Tiagra 4600 Cassette, Cassettes, CASSETTES.

    The 12-30 cassette comes standard, at least on the Canadian models.

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    Nice TCX. I picked up a used 2013 TCX Advanced SL frame for $700 and put all of my old parts on it from my road bike that I upgraded. Just had to buy brakes and a new saddle. I use this bike for trail riding mostly and it's so much lighter and faster than my hybrid I love it. If the frame holds up, I'll likely buy a SRAM Red set to replace the mechanics when the Shimano 105 parts wear out. These bikes are awesome.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flewbags View Post
    There's nothing to stop you dropping to a 34 chainring as that would not add any extra teeth so the mech would handle it fine.
    You can also get a Shia Tiagra 10 speed cassette 12-30 which I am running. See this from Ribble Cycles - You should get with a 34x30 on a 105 no problem

    Shimano 10 Speed Tiagra 4600 Cassette, Cassettes, CASSETTES.
    As mentioned already, 12x30 comes standard on the Canadian model. I'm running 34/46 x 12-30 and it's been great. Can get up pretty well everything I've encountered, except some really steep single track in the Don Valley, which I usually manage to get almost to the top of...but I think that is more lack of fitness than gearing!

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    Bought fenders.... PLEASE advise!

    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    We had a really rainy spring and a pretty brutal winter this year and I didn't find the gap an issue. In the wet I ride with the Shimano cycling boots, so my feet are pretty dry and I didn't get much splash on the lower legs from the gap.
    I was able to do a little shopping today and came home with a set of Velo 42 Urban mudguards (amongst other things). The shop(s) I went to today did not carry the Velo 47, however, the Velo 42 was on sale for $15 with the U-stays.

    Now that I'm home, I'm tinkering with the install and NONE of the screws that came with the SKS fenders fit onto the bike. First, it was the carbon fork hole for the top of the front fender. Then, the tabs on the bottom of the front fender. Next, the rear holes didn't come close either. Well, at least it's consistent. Did you have an issue with this? Maybe because it was on "clearance", I might have gotten some crummy screws?

    I'm new to all of this so if it's something as silly as, "just drill that sucker in there and quit being a #@%^!" Please tell me.

    I haven't been able to find a rack just quite yet, so the little rigging bit in the back is going to be tricky.

    BTW, I did talk to my LBS about the seat retention plate and they hooked me up without a question and apologized that they forgot to give it to me with my purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNewOriginal View Post
    Here's mine, stock build + tubeless conversion

    btw,
    both rims and tires are tubeless ready,
    worked great after applying stan's rim tape and some sealant
    I am a tubeless noob, but I just ordered road wheels so I want to remount my stock offroad tires to the stock wheels and go tubeless.

    Is the factory rim tape not good enough? I thought I just needed valves and sealant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post
    I am a tubeless noob, but I just ordered road wheels so I want to remount my stock offroad tires to the stock wheels and go tubeless.

    Is the factory rim tape not good enough? I thought I just needed valves and sealant?
    Bueller? Anyone.


    Also upgraded to the CX70 front derailleur, GREAT upgrade, shifts from the small to big are much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    I'm using the SKS Velo 47 Trekking mudguards with the standard U-stays (VELO 47 TREKKING - mudguards - de - SKS Germany). They fit perfectly and are really clean install, without having to use any zip ties, etc. Make sure you get a rack accessory kit with the large spacer washers for a good fit though. I posted some pictures previously in the thread.
    Hi, I don't quite understand the bit about the rack accessory kit? Can you provide more details? Is that from SKS as well? I couldn't find anything on the website. (also does it mean they will only fit with a rack fitted too?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    I'm 5'7" and riding the S. I ride the TCR Advanced 0 in a M. The TCX SLR frame doesn't have the same top tube slope as the TCR.

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    I am a bit puzzled, this is all I got with mine:-


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    Hello all. Newbie here from the Philippines. I got my own TCX SLR 2 on the last week of May. I'm 5'7" (170cm) in height, with a 28" (71cm) inseam, and ride a size S. After 900 km/560 miles of riding on mostly craptastic roads, it's been a peach.

    Some observations:
    - The saddle clamp and lower rails can slip and angle downward if you suffer a hard drop while climbing seated on the nose of the saddle. In a particularly bad incident, the lower rails themselves might no longer be in alignment with each other (i.e. one side may have more angle than the other). Fortunately, this is easily remedied, and the clamp and lower rails are made of metal, so they're not as finicky with torque settings as the rest of the carbon seatpost is. Recommended torque is 15-18 Nm.

    - This was my first bike with disc brakes and so far they've been very consistent in any condition. Outright power isn't so different from a well-tuned rim brake, but the power doesn't go away when things get wet.

    Apart from that, it's been great. I have an Axiom Streamliner Disc rack and SKS Longboard fenders coming via sea freight, and I'm getting impatient for them to arrive. In the meantime, I took off the stock Super Swans and installed 700x28 Spez Espoir Sport slick rubber for road commute duty, then transferred over my commute gear from my folding bike. I've also swapped out the worn stock TRP semi-metallic front pads and replaced them with Shimano B01S resin units.





    Last edited by Type 100; 08-11-2014 at 03:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaffer View Post
    Front Wheel w/Rim Tape & Rotor - 1.15kg
    Rear Wheel w/Rim Tape & Rotor / Dork Disk & Cassette (30T-12T) 1.73kg
    I got 1775 for the rear and 1194 for the front.

    I just went to ebay 38mm chinese carbon wheels and got 1376 rear and 937 front with XT RT76 rotors.

    Can't run them yet because my tube valves are too short.

    Curious to see what shaving 1.4 pounds off the bike will feel like.

    Edit: Would have been nice before this yesterday, but I still made it up (Whiteface NY)


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    My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    That's a great pic!!!!


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    Installed SKS P45 Longboard full-length fenders on my bike. They advertise these as fenders with the most coverage. I know that SKS makes very good fenders because my Dahon Vitesse came with them as stock.




    Installation was a pain in the butt and wasn't as easy as it could have been, because the included instructions aren't idiot-proof. The hardest bit was measuring and cutting the steel stays, and actually fitting them to the fenders. If you don't know what you're doing, you can easily cut too much off the stays. Tweaking the fender height is important so that tire rubbing is avoided, and you can opt to minimize the fender gap as well.









    While it has fender eyelets, the Giant TCX SLR 2 doesn't have a brake bridge and chainstay bridge - two locations where a full-length fender usually anchors itself to the frame. I repurposed my rear reflector mount to act as a makeshift brake bridge, while I zip-tied the leading edge of the rear fender to the chainstays.




    Goodbye stained shirts and wet bum, hello cleaner drivetrain and all-weather commuting.

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    Has anybody else noticed the two little caps on the underside of the non-driveside chainstay? I was wondering what those were for. They look like "caps" but I can't remove them by hand, although they're loose and can be pressed in easily.

    One of the caps I'm referring to is on the left of the zip tie in the photo below. The other is just outside the frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by Type 100 View Post
    Has anybody else noticed the two little caps on the underside of the non-driveside chainstay? I was wondering what those were for. They look like "caps" but I can't remove them by hand, although they're loose and can be pressed in easily.

    One of the caps I'm referring to is on the left of the zip tie in the photo below. The other is just outside the frame
    Pretty sure they are for the DI2 battery.

    Mounted my new ebay carbon 38mm clincher wheelset + 700x28 conti gatorskins:



    No real impressions yet, been off the bike for a bit and pigged out on food so not feeling it.

    Based on the numbers bike should have lost almost 3lbs from the stock wheelset + marathon plus combo.

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    My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    Very nice!! I'm saving to do a set of Grails and King Hubs. Saving is a slow process 😡


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    @type 100, did you consider the SKS raceblade XL mudguards? They seem like they would be an easier fit.

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    My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    Quote Originally Posted by pitbullandmtb View Post
    Very nice!! I'm saving to do a set of Grails and King Hubs. Saving is a slow process 😡


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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post

    Mounted my new ebay carbon 38mm clincher wheelset + 700x28 conti gatorskins:

    Awesome! Love the new wheels! Do you have an ebay-link? How much did you pay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MankyManning View Post
    @type 100, did you consider the SKS raceblade XL mudguards? They seem like they would be an easier fit.
    From what I understand, the Raceblades are a "temporary" fender set. I don't have plans of removing mine very frequently. Besides, it seems no matter what kind or size fenders you run, you will still have to deal with the little bolt under the fork steerer that anchors the front brake cable run, as it tends to push the leading edge of the front fender askew.

    I'm running 700x28C tires now. After the initial week, I've had to adjust the fenders to minimize gap while reducing the chances of the hardware rubbing on the spinning tire. So far so good.

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    Just got my 2015 TCX2 yesterday and am trying to set it up tubeless from the get-go.

    I need advice on setting up the super swans/stock rims tubeless? I used gorilla tape (1 inch role fit perfectly) and a gas station air compressor... But, I didn't hear the reassuring loud "pop/pop" that I hear whenever I set up my mtb tubeless (Stans Rims/Racing Ralfs TR). Neither f/r tire/rim combo was very tight, didn't need tools, which kinda makes me nervous...

    I was able to get the rear tire to seal on the first try and it held pressure overnight . I am still unable to get the rear tire to seal, so I stuck a tube in for the shakedown ride today.
    Thanks!

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    My Super Swans fit extremely loose on the SX-2 wheels. Not sure if it's a common thing, but it instantly turned me off to a successful tubeless setup.

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